These no-bake oatmeal peanut butter bars are a delicious sweet treat and perfect for dessert or afternoon snack. You and your family will love the delightful chewy texture.
Dessert Bars That Satisfy
You know how there are times when you want something to eat, but you’re not sure what it is? Make these, and your craving will probably be satisfied.
My friend Julie from Back to My Southern Roots is the champion of making dessert bars. And every time we chat, she makes me want one, with her latest being these snickerdoodle bars.
That’s what got me started thinking about these oatmeal peanut butter bars. I’d had them before at a lot of different potlucks, so I knew they were “a thing.”
As I did a search for this bar, I discovered dozens of recipes—most of them with the same basic ingredients.
However, some of them had extras, such as salt, baking soda, vanilla extract, and add-ons for flavor.
I decided to keep it simple with a basic recipe that you can add to if you want.
No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars Ingredients
I kept the ingredients list short and simple. In fact, this recipe only has 3 items in it.
You’ll need peanut butter, honey, and oatmeal. Yes, that’s it.
However, you can add anything that you think sounds good. Some delicious add-ons are chocolate chips, peanuts, sprinkles, and small chewy candies.
Make it however you want. You can either add extras to the mixture before it sets or press them into the top.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
How to Make Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars
People who know me well know that I do everything the easy way. I always start out with the original recipe and then find shortcuts.
The beauty of this recipe is that I didn’t have to figure out any shortcuts because it’s so simple to begin with. I just made these bars, let them set, and … ate them.
Can’t get any easier than that. And they are so delicious!
To make these bars, you’ll need a pan, of course. I used a 7” by 11” pan and covered it in foil.
Since I hate extensive cleanups, I coated the foil in nonstick cooking spray. I love that stuff because it makes life so much easier.
Set the pan aside and start working on the recipe. This is the fun part.
First, put the peanut butter in a medium-size saucepan. Turn the burner on medium heat so the contents of the pot can melt.
Secondly, add the honey to the peanut butter and start stirring.
It’s so pretty with different shades of golden swirls.
You’ll need to continue stirring until both ingredients are well mixed.
As the mixture heats up, it becomes super easy to do.
Next, pour the uncooked oatmeal into the mixture.
Stir until all of the oatmeal is well mixed.
Pour the mixture into the greased pan.
Press it down so it’s at an even level all over.
Then, place the pan in the refrigerator and let the mixture set for at least an hour.
This gives the oatmeal time to absorb the moisture from the peanut butter and honey.
Finally, pull the pan out of the fridge and cut your masterpiece into bars.
It’s easier to cut if you have it on foil. Just lift the foil from the pan, and you have better access to the edges.
If the bars start to crumble where you’re cutting, heat your knife by running it under hot water.
More Oatmeal Recipes
I’ve always been a fan of oatmeal. I often have this rice cooker oatmeal for breakfast because it’s so easy and frees up my time to get ready in the morning.
These apple raisin oat bars are delicious, either for breakfast or for dessert after any meal. They’re yummy, and the bonus is that they’re actually good for you.
You’ll be amazed by how delicious this frozen coffee smoothie is. Not only does it taste great, but it also has oatmeal to keep you going all morning.
Check it out, and you’ll be blown away the tasty blend of ingredients.
If you like cookies, you’ll love these 3-ingredient breakfast cookies. Make a batch at the beginning of the week, and you can grab them on your way out the door for a few mornings.
More Recipes You’ll Love
My husband and I are both foodies with hearty appetites. Most of our dates were centered on dining—either out or at one of our houses.
Now that we’ve been married for a number of decades, that hasn’t changed.
We often either start our meals with a salad or make them the main meal. Our favorite dinner salad is this Mediterranean salad that is delicious and packed with nutrition.
A favorite side salad around our house is this flavorful Greek olive and feta salad. It gets your taste buds ready for the next course of the meal.
Whether we’re having a casserole, something made in the slow cooker, or your basic chicken dinner, I try to balance flavors and textures.
A couple of our favorite casseroles are this Italian chicken zucchini casserole and this super delicious family-favorite hamburger Tater Tot casserole. These are both perfect when you have a bunch of hungry folks to feed.
If I’ll be out of the house for a few hours right before dinnertime, I like to use my slow cooker. One of my favorite slow-cooked meals is this barbecue pork tenderloin.
See this recipe shared at Weekend Potluck, Meal Plan Monday, and Full Plate Thursday.
No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars
These delicious dessert bars are perfect for peanut butter lovers.
- 1 cup of peanut butter (or other nut butter if you prefer)
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 2-1/2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
- Lightly spray a 7” x 11” pan. You may use foil to line the pan, but you’ll need to spray the foil.
- Combine the peanut butter and honey in a medium-size saucepan. Heat on medium until they’re melted together. Stir while it melts.
- After they’ve melted together, remove the mixture from the heat.
- Add the rolled oats and mix well.
- Turn the mixture out into the pan. Press down so that the mixture is level across the pan.
- Place the pan in your refrigerator for about an hour or until the mixture has set. It should be firm enough to cut into bars or squares.
- Cut into either rectangles or squares and serve.
Some add-ons you might want to try are chocolate chips, peanuts, or sprinkles.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 441Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 0mgSodium 207mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 5gSugar 26gProtein 13g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.
Tuesday 18th of May 2021
We sure enjoyed featuring your awesome post on Full Plate Thursday 536 this week and we just pinned it to our Features Board. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and come back soon! Miz Helen
Wednesday 5th of May 2021
Those sound yummy and so nice and easy to make.
Friday 7th of May 2021
Hi Joanne! Yes, they are super easy and so good! Thank you!
Sunday 9th of August 2020
I hate peanut butter but my gluten free husband will love these.
Monday 10th of August 2020
Hi Jackie. Isn't it interesting how one person can love a food while another doesn't? I hope either you or your husband will make these and enjoy them!